London has this weird condition. Neurologically, she’s fine and there’s no real medical reason for it, but she can’t remember anything from the past. What she remembers, instead, are things that haven’t happened yet. Every night, she leaves notes for herself, anything that she’ll need to know for the next day. (Her brain “resets” while she’s sleeping, and she only remembers things until the day they happen. So if, for example, there’s going to be a pop quiz on Tuesday, she’ll remember it until Monday night. Tuesday morning, it’ll be a complete surprise, unless she wrote it down.)
This is such a fabulous book! It’s one of the more unique concepts ever (and yes, I have seen Memento, but this isn’t really like that at all). There’s a great love story and that always helps, too. I spent most of the book trying to figure out what was going on, but despite being at least somewhat confused for 99% of the book, I had a great time. (And really, it’s not like London wasn’t confused, too!) This is one of the most clever stories I’ve read in ages.
I love the issues that this book raises—if you don’t remember anything from the past, how can you really have a present? And if you know the future, can you change it? Even more importantly, wouldn’t you be almost obligated to do so? If I could know the future, I would definitely want to. ESPECIALLY if I could change parts I didn’t like.